Transparent trends: Revenue is expected to rise in the coming years as uncertainty subsides

Flat glass is integral to the construction of buildings and vehicles, and is also an important input for some appliances and furnishings. The majority of flat glass produced in the United Kingdom is in the form of float glass sheets, while blown, drawn and rolled flat glass sheets are also manufactured in smaller quantities. Industry products are sold to downstream operators for processing or supplied directly to downstream construction and automotive industries. The industry is dominated by three global companies: Pilkington, Saint-Gobain Glass and Guardian Industries, which collectively account for approximately 73.6% of revenue. The financial power of these firms and substantial investment required to enter the market make it difficult for new firms to enter the more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The relocation of industry operations by major firms has limited revenue growth recently
  • Weak demand from the commercial construction market since the EU referendum has limited industry growth
  • Investment in commercial construction is expected to support long-term demand
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The industry has prohibitively high barriers to entry. The industry is currently dominated by three manufacturers, and each is a leading global player in the flat glass and fabricated glass product industries. All of these players have invested substantial levels of capital in large-scale integrated glassworks. These glassworks require continuous investment as technology and manufacturing techniques advance. In addition, the three main companies have moved towards vertically integrating with upstream raw material suppliers, and downstream glass fabricators, creating synergistic efficiency improvements that can ultimately be passed on to customers in the form of lower prices. For...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial building construction and Demand from residential building construction in the Flat Glass Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry?

    Firms in this industry manufacture flat glass. The majority of this is float glass, but some is rolled glass. Small amounts are drawn and blown flat glass. The industry includes the manufacture of wired, coloured and tinted glass.

    Industry Products
  • Four-millimetre float glass
  • Six-millimetre float glass
  • Other float glass
  • Rolled glass
  • Drawn and blown flat glass
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing float glass
  • Manufacturing rolled glass
  • Manufacturing plate glass
  • Manufacturing silvered glass
  • Manufacturing fire-resistant glass
  • Manufacturing tinted or coloured glass
  • Manufacturing wired glass
  • Manufacturing blown flat glass
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Demand from building project development
  • Real effective exchange rate

  • Current Performance
  • Major threats
  • Constructing growth
  • Driven down
  • Trade influences
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Building up
  • Showing the cracks
  • Environmental trends
  • Table: Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Flat Glass Shaping & Processing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Glazing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
  • Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction
  • Industrial Equipment Wholesaling
  • Manufacture of Refractory Products
  • Other Non-Ferrous Metal Ore Mining
  • Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities

  • Products & Services
  • Four-millimetre float glass
  • Six-millimetre float glass
  • Other float glass
  • Rolled glass
  • Drawn and blown flat glass
  • Chart: Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Flat glass shaping and processing manufacturers
  • Automotive manufacturers
  • Builders and glazing contractors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Flat Glass Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd, Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd, Guardian Industries UK Ltd,
  • Table: Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Guardian Industries UK Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Exports (2011-2025)
  • Imports (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)
  • Distribution (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Pellets of raw glass or pieces of broken recycled glass that are melted to produce usable glass forms.
  • Curtain Wall
  • A wall that covers the outside of a building but performs no structural purpose. It merely separates the inside and outside of the building. Curtain walls are often made of glass.
  • Leader
  • A long rod used when producing drawn glass.
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